Best Places to eat in Varanasi
The fabled city by the shores of Ganges, Varanasi (Banaras) was on my 'to do' list for a very long time. A city celebrated for its food, I knew I could not stay away from the chatpata Chat or delicious Malaiyyo for far too long. Hence, Saurabh, Gurjas and I packed our bags and boarded the train to Manduadih, a name that amused us all throughout our journey.
After dropping our luggage at our hotel near Dashashwamedh Ghat, we quickly scuttled towards Godowlia Chowk, as we were pretty hungry. The narrow tapered lanes and congested spaces reminded me of Delhi's Chandni Chowk, with corners filled with Paan Walas, Lassi Walas, Mithai Shops, Kachori sellers, Chai walas and much to my surprise, even several Dosa-Idli vendors. All these eateries served as landmarks that helped me traverse through these crazy unfamiliar lanes.
Anyway, I couldn't wait to indulge in the food offerings of Varanasi and kickstarted my Food Crawl.
UP Ki famous Chat:
I have been ardent fan of chats in Lucknow, but now after Banaras, it's hard to pick a favourite. I can write ballads about it, but let's just say, if you could do only one thing in Banaras, just savour the chat! Available throughout the day, it's not just a snack, but literally a way of life for the locals. Looking for quintessential Tamatar or Palak Patta chat? Read on.
Kashi Chat Bhandar
Address: D-37/49, Luxa Rd, Godowlia Chowk, (between crossroads and church), Varanasi